CINCINNATI — June 16, 2008 — Harris Corp.(NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, today announced that the Harris® NetVX™ range of H.264/MPEG-4 standard-definition (SD) video networking encoders has successfully completed encoder conformance testing for use with the award-winning Microsoft Mediaroom Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and multimedia software platform. The test was administered by Microsoft Corp. as part of the Microsoft Mediaroom Interoperability and Qualification Lab program, which is intended to enable the ongoing interoperability and compliance of encoders used in Microsoft Mediaroom deployments.
NetVX SD video encoding lets service providers offer a high-quality and cost-effective platform for their IPTV deployments. It also allows IPTV service providers using this encoding at the head-end to seamlessly communicate with the set-top receiving device for the delivery of IPTV multimedia services to the consumer.
“Harris Corporation’s investment in interoperability testing extends across the entire broadcast community and into the growing IPTV space, enabling our products and technologies to be reliable and efficient for virtually any application requiring the delivery of high-quality video,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. “We are pleased to announce compliance of our NetVX encoding products for Microsoft Mediaroom and Microsoft recognition of our commitment to provide interoperable solutions for the IPTV market.”
“The Harris NetVX SD video encoding solution gives our service provider customers another way to help reduce costs and improve the overall performance of their Microsoft Mediaroom-based TV services,” said Joe Seidel, director of global partner ecosystems for Microsoft Mediaroom. “We are looking forward to our ongoing collaboration with Harris to help service providers offer their customers the very best in connected TV services.”
The Microsoft Mediaroom platform, which reached 1 million subscriber homes in the first quarter of 2008, is now powering connected TV services on more than 2 million TV sets worldwide. It took Mediaroom 18 months to reach its first million TVs and only five months, more than three times faster, to reach its second million TVs.
NetVX video networking encoders are among the wide range of Harris solutions that optimize the networking and infrastructure workflows of today’s broadcast and IPTV operations.
Harris Broadcast Communications provides products, systems and services that deliver interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire broadcast delivery chain. The Harris ONE™ approach brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that are ideal for emerging media business models and for customers upgrading media operations to digital and high-definition services.
About Harris Corp.
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of more than $5 billion and 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
About Microsoft Mediaroom
The award-winning Microsoft Mediaroom Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and multimedia software platform is driving the future of television by enabling broadband service providers to deliver new connected TV and entertainment experiences to consumers worldwide. Microsoft Mediaroom provides new ways for consumers to experience TV as part of their connected, digital lifestyle, while also creating new business opportunities for broadband service providers, hardware manufacturers, content creators, advertisers and application developers. Over 20 of the world’s leading service providers across four continents have selected the Microsoft Mediaroom platform to drive their digital TV services. More information on Microsoft Mediaroom and the opportunity to deliver the best in TV plus all your media in one place is available at http://www.microsoft.com/tv and http://www.microsoftmediaroom.com.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
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